What Is Iyengar Yoga?


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Iyengar yoga is a branch of the ancient Indian health and wellness science – Yoga. Originating from the era of sages around 5000 years back, this form of mind and body exercise has proven health benefits. Yoga is now famous across the globe. It includes various asanas and postures. A particular branch of yoga is Iyengar Yoga. It includes certain yoga asanas done in a particular sequence. Let us read more about this form and the type of asanas it includes.

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What Is Iyengar Yoga?

This form of yoga mainly focuses on your body structure. It includes poses that refine and properly align your organs and bones, thereby preventing any type of dislocation issues. This yoga is different from other forms by sequence, accuracy and the use of certain yoga accessories. Every yoga asana requires proper body alignment. Moreover, they also need to be practiced in a particular sequence for maximum effect. This yoga is extremely beneficial, furthermore, you can also use props such as benches, cushions, straps, sandbags, and even blocks. These props help the beginner level students and also aged people or ill students to perform the asanas without any hindrances. This form of yoga has a diversity of asanas and the right sequence. When performed regularly, these asanas help to reduce injury.

Book By B.K.S Iyengar

B.K.S Iyengar’s bestselling book “Light on Yoga” which was published in 1966 is a prominence of the performance of yoga postures also known as “asanas”. The technique of asanas also uses props such as belts, blankets, and blocks. To minimize the injury risk or strain props have been authorized to the beginners, students, elders and those with the physical limitations to perform asanas accurately.

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Origin Of Iyengar Yoga

In the western world, it was the violinist Yehudi Menuhin’s fame which helped to famous this form, who was also the student of B.K.S. Iyengar, whom he met in 1952. In 1975, Iyengar Yoga established an institute named in memory of his wife “Ramamani Iyengar”. Named as the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, this organization did not gain as much popularity as its sister concern abroad – ‘The Iyengar Yoga Institute in London, which was established later in 1983. Iyengar personally conducted classes in his institute every year. Mary Dunn, Judith Lasater, and others founded the first-ever Institute of Iyengar Yoga in San Francisco, America in 1976. B.K.S. Iyengar visited America that year and further opened various institutes in different countries.

Benefits 

It enhances your body flexibility. As these asanas require body precision, you help in aligning your organs and bones properly. This prevents injuries and enhances your body structure and posture. You get pain relief and along with that, you also gain from a calmer mind. Moreover, it contributes to reduced illnesses. When the body organs are properly nourished and functioning, there is no reason to fall sick from diseases. This also gives a boost to your immunity. You notice an improved breathing pattern as you become more aware of your respiratory systems.

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